It Was Huge! Know How Big Was Hurricane Michael and Latest Hurricane Michael Facts
The Latest Hurricane Michael Facts
On October 7, 2018, one of the three strongest hurricanes in human history struck the U.S. mainland. According to meteorologists, the hurricane reached Category 5 and was the most powerful in Florida in a century. At the very least, it surpassed Hurricane Andrew of 1992, which hit Florida. Hurricanes with the 5th category are extremely rare. But last year, Hurricane Harvey, which flooded an entire city in the United States, showed just how dangerous Category 4 hurricanes can be.
Northwest Florida was the hardest hit, with coastal cities flooded, homes destroyed, and trees uprooted. Unfortunately, there were no human casualties. Michael was so powerful that after passing through Florida, he remained in the rank of a hurricane even as he moved further inland. Its immense power took many Americans by surprise, though the storm did later weaken.
How Big Was Hurricane Michael When It Hit the Florida Coast?
Michael reached the Mexico Beach coast, Florida, at 2 p.m. (6 p.m. GMT) Wednesday. Before Michael, there were only two hurricanes of equal strength – the unnamed storm, now called Labor Day, that devastated the USA in 1935, and Hurricane named Camille, which hit Mississippi in the year 1969. Storm Labor Day’s barometric pressure (the lower the figure, the more powerful the storm) was 880 millibars, Hurricane Camille’s was about 900 millibars, and, according to Hurricane Michael stats, Michael’s was the third strongest at 919 millibars. Scientists count the exact Hurricane Michael size, which was 360 miles across and the winds forced by Michael were approximately 100 miles in their diameter.
How Fast Was Hurricane Michael Moving?
Approaching Florida, Michael reached a peak Hurricane Michael wind speed, which was equal to 160 mph, and made landfall near the coast of Mexico Beach, in the middle of October.
Moving overland, the storm weakened and changed direction to the northeast, toward the Chesapeake Bay. As the media reported on October 11th: “Hurricane Michael’s current wind speed has now dropped to 100 mph, but there is a risk that the storm will pick up speed”.
How Strong Was Hurricane Michael?
Thousands of buildings and business centers were left without power in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Seventy-two people, one of them a child, are known to have been killed by flying debris, flooding, and high winds, caused by Hurricane Michael. A few days later, Michael weakened to a tropical storm and headed for the Carolinas. Almost half a million Florida residents were asked to leave their homes and evacuate to safer places, but many people have ignored the warning and that is why the death toll was under 100. The hurricane triggered 2.5 meter high waves in the coastal town of Apalachicola.
Michaels Hurricane, which struck the U.S. territory, caused enormous damage to Tyndall Air Base, which is located in the U.S. state of Florida. As stated by local authorities CBS, the airbase decided to close for an indefinite period, because it has suffered “large-scale catastrophic damage”. The damage that Hurricane Michael caused to insured homes and industrial enterprises in six American states, reaches $20 billion. This assessment was made in a published forecast by AIR Worldwide, a consulting company specializing in risk analysis arising from extreme accidents and natural disasters. In its analysis, the company evaluated the damage to homes, commercial and industrial facilities, as well as vehicles in the states of Florida, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.
According to the International Hurricane Center, Hurricane Michael was the strongest hurricane to make landfall in Florida. There have been only two hurricanes of this magnitude and Category 5, which is considered the highest hurricane category, in Florida history.
As you can see, wherever hurricanes strike, many people die and entire cities are wiped off the face of the Earth. This is due to changes in the climate of our planet and humanity overexploiting the subsoil of the earth. Together let us not allow such monstrous hurricanes to happen again!